After my doctorate I went to work at MIT in the US as a postdoctoral fellow in their Biomedical Engineering Centre.
I work with doctors to better understand how medical devices perform in the body, such as stents for the heart.
I’m from Portlaoise, Co. Laois and I went to primary and secondary school in nearby Mountrath.
In school my favourite subject was always Maths. I love that I chose engineering as a career as it means I get to use numbers to problem solve.
I work as a researcher to help doctors to better understand how to treat patients that have heart problems.
My lab is quite big and has over 50 people working there. My lab mates are medical doctors, biologists, material scientists and engineers (like me!) all working together to solve medical problems. I really enjoy the discussions we have, where we use our science and engineering skills to figure out how to solve problems in medicine.
My Typical Day
I work in a lab where I try keep to regular hours Monday to Friday, this way I get to hang out with my friends outside of work.
Every day is different in lab. Some days I do physical experiments to test devices to make sure they will do their job in the body. Other days I use computers to do virtual experiments to predict how long devices will last in the body and how well they will perform over time. As part of this, I also publish my experiments in scientific journals or books. I believe it’s really important to communicate to the world the work I do and why this work is needed.
What I'd do with the money
I would donate the money to a school in Uganda to pay for engineering kits and a projector to watch science and engineering films on.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Driven, Ambitious, Hipster-wannabe
What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?
Coming to MIT to study and research has been pretty amazing
What or who inspired you to become an engineer?
I always loved numbers and knowing that if I became an engineer I’d get to problem solve with numbers really excited me
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I don’t think so!
If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Two Door Cinema Club
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Working for a summer as a waitress in Hawaii
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Once I’m healthy, happy and surrounded by good people that’s enough for me
Tell us a joke.
Why can’t you trust atoms? ….. They make up everything :)